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Petroglyph thefts near Bishop stun federal authorities, Paiutes

19 Nov 2012 11:33 AM | Gary Nurkin (Administrator)

Petroglyph thefts near Bishop stun federal authorities, Paiutes


At least four ancient petroglyphs were cut from cliffs at the Volcanic Tableland and dozens of others damaged in 'the worst act of vandalism ever seen' on federal lands in the area.

By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times

 

9:55 PM PST, November 18, 2012

 

BISHOP, Calif. undefined Ancient hunters and gatherers etched vivid petroglyphs on cliffs in the Eastern Sierra that withstood winds, flash floods and earthquakes for more than 3,500 years. Thieves needed only a few hours to cut them down and haul them away.

Federal authorities say at least four petroglyphs have been taken from the site. A fifth was defaced with deep saw cuts on three sides. A sixth had been removed and broken during the theft, then propped against a boulder near a visitor parking lot.

Dozens of other petroglyphs were scarred by hammer strikes and saw cuts.

latimes.com/news/local/la-me-petroglyphs-theft-20121119,0,6886011.story

 
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